Credential Programs

Program Application


How to Apply to the Cal Poly Pomona Credential Program

  1. Post-baccalaureate applicants and ITEP applicants must use the Program Admission checklist to ensure all requirements have been met. 
  2. Post-baccalaureate applicants must apply to Cal Poly Pomona as a graduate student through Cal State Apply. 
  3. All applicants must apply to the teaching credential program through our program application webpage and be prepared to submit the following items:
  1. Verification of early field experience hours: Early Field Verification Form

  2. Certificate of Clearance document granted by the California Commissions on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) must be submitted as part of the program admissions process.  A California Teaching Credential or Emergency Permit may be submitted in lieu of the Certificate of Clearance.  The issuance date must not exceed 5 years.  A copy of your document can be downloaded and printed online within 60 days of your application submission from the CTC website.  Please refer to the button at the bottom of the page. Any further questions may be answered by emailing the Commission Information Services Unit.

  3. Verification of meeting the Basic Skills Requirement.
  4. Verification of meeting Subject Matter Competence.

  5. TB Clearance: TB clearance must be provided by a medical professional and remain valid throughout clinical practice.

  6. Statement of Purpose: In a thoughtful, well-designed essay of 2-3 pages (600-900 words), please analyze (NOT just summarize): The personal and professional qualities you possess that will enable you to become an effective teacher in a culturally and linguistically diverse classroom; AND your expectations of the Teacher Education Program to become an effective teacher. Complete details are located on the program application

  7. Statement of Exceptional Admission: Candidates shall have attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 in all baccalaureate and postbaccalaureate course work or a grade point average of at least 2.75 in the last 60 semester units attempted. If your GPA falls below the minimum requirement, a Statement of Exceptional Admission will be required. Complete details are located on the program admission application.

  8. The name and email address of a university or college professor who has been your instructor.

  9. The name and email address of a professional who has directly observed your work/interactions with youth for a minimum of 20 hours in a TK-12 setting.

  10. All teacher candidates must attend Orientation. Visit the Orientation page to view dates/times/locations.

  11. Verification of your $25 Credential Evaluation fee made via Bronco Direct or the Cashier's Office.

Finally, all candidates are required to participate in a group interview. Candidates will be contacted to schedule interviews after submitting program applications. Program interviews remain valid for one year.

Additional information: 

Bilingual Authorization (BL) Candidates: All BL candidates must schedule an interview with the Bilingual Programs Coordinator. All interviews must be completed prior to the application deadline and additional BL items must be submitted at the time of the BL interview. Please arrange your items and schedule your interview accordingly. Program interviews remain valid for one year. 

Out-of-Country Graduates: All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a CTC approved transcript evaluation agency. Original (sealed) copies of the evaluated transcripts must be submitted to the Credential Analyst with program application documents. Please refer to the CTC website button at the bottom of this page for regulations pertaining to foreign transcript evaluation and verification.